Social Policy and Society

Themed Section on Exploring Multiple Exclusion Homelessness

Working Together to Address Multiple Exclusion Homelessness

Michelle Cornesa1, Louise Jolya2, Jill Manthorpea3, Sue O'Hallorana4 and Rob Smytha5

a1 Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King's College London E-mail: michellecornes@aol.com

a2 Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King's College London E-mail: louise.joly@kcl.ac.uk

a3 Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King's College London E-mail: jill.manthorpe@kcl.ac.uk

a4 School of Social Work and Applied Behavioural Studies, University of Cumbria E-mail: Sue.O'Halloran@Cumbria.ac.uk

a5 LookAhead Housing and Care E-mail: Robsmyth@lookahead.org.uk

Abstract

This article draws on preliminary findings from a two-year exploratory study to describe how different agencies and professionals work together to identify and manage the intersections between homelessness and other facets of deep social exclusion. We assess the extent to which current practice is informed by policy frameworks for ‘personalised and integrated care planning’ focusing in particular on the ‘coordinating’ and ‘sign-posting’ role of the housing support worker. We conclude with some initial thoughts as to how policy and practice might be strengthened in this area to ensure more ‘joined-up’ and continuous support for people with experience of multiple exclusion homelessness.

(Online publication August 05 2011)